Monday, April 23, 2007

Que Me March 16: Buddhist Leader Thich Quang Do Speaks out on the Arrest of Therese Jebsen in Saigon

March 16, 2007

On 15th March 2007 at 9.00am, Therese Jebsen of the Rafto Foundation came to the Thanh Minh Zen Monastery in Saigon to meet Venerable Thich Quang Do and hand him the Award Certificate of the 2006 Thorolf Rafto Memorial Prize for Human Rights Defenders. The Vietnamese government had refused to let Thich Quang Do travel to Bergen, Norway to receive the prize in November 2006, and UBCV spokesman Vo Van Ai accepted the award on his behalf. Vietnam also refused the Rafto Foundation Chairman Arne Lynngård’s request in February 2007 to visit Vietnam and present the Award in person.